Cal Baseball Defeats No. 20 Arizona, 12-7, in 10 Innings.
May 4, 2003
TUCSON, AZ - The California baseball team exploded for six runs in the top of the 10th inning to defeat No. 20 ranked Arizona, 12-7, Sunday afternoon at Sancet Field in Tucson. Cal broke a four-game losing streak to improve to 26-24 overall and 10-11 in the Pac-10. The Wildcats, who had won four straight games, fell to 33-17 and 11-7 in league play. The Bears had lost to Arizona, 9-5, Friday night and, 10-4, Saturday night.
With the score tied, 6-6, a pair of Wildcat errors by shortstop John Hardy in the 10th opened up an opportunity for Cal. With one out in the 10th, Hardy misplayed a pop up by junior designated Brian Horwitz that allowed both senior third baseman Nick Medrano and sophomore second baseman David Nicholson to score when Hardy compounded his error by throwing the ball away trying to throw Nicholson out at third base. Conor Jackson followed with a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Horwitz. Junior catcher Chris Grossman then hit a solo home run to left, senior center fielder Brad Smith had a RBI double to left and sophomore left fielder Justin Nelson had a RBI triple to right.
Hardy had been hero for Arizona in the bottom of the ninth when his two-out RBI double scored Nick Hundley to send the game into extra innings. Winning pitcher Travis Talbott (3-1, 1.3 innings, two hits, one run) was able to get Brad Boyer to ground out to the pitcher with Hardy in scoring position to end the bottom of the ninth. Freshman Adam Gold (1.0 inning, one hit, one unearned run) pitched the bottom of the 10th for the Bears.
The excitement of the ninth and 10th innings masked an impressive pitching performance by Cal's starter Matt Brown, who pitched 7.7 innings with six hits, five runs, two walks and five strikeouts. Brown had held the Wildcats to only two runs until he gave up a three-run homer to Brian Anderson in the bottom of the eighth inning. The losing pitcher for Arizona was reliever John Meloan (4-1, 1.0 inning, five hits, six unearned runs, one walk).
The Bears pounded out 20 hits, with Nicholson (4-for-6, triple) and junior shortstop Jeff Dragicevich (4-for-6, double, two RBI) recording four hits apiece. Other top hitters for Cal were Jackson (3-for-4, RBI) and Nelson (3-for-6, triple, two RBI) with three hits each.
Cal will next travel to Fresno State, Tuesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. at Bieden Field in Fresno. The Bears then host No. 9 ranked Stanford in a three-game series, beginning Friday, May 9 at 2:30 p.m. at Evans Diamond.
Cal: Grossman, solo home run in the 10th inning.
Arizona: Anderson, three-run homer in the eighth inning.
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